Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison, has confirmed today (Tuesday) that a new, simpler, bowel cancer home testing kit known as FIT (Faecal Immonochemical Test) will be rolled out across England.
The new home testing kit is simpler – only one stool sample is required instead of two samples from three separate stools with the current test.
Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK’s director of early diagnosis, said: “The news that the Government will introduce a new home testing kit that is more accurate as well as being simpler and easier for people to use could potentially transform the effectiveness of bowel cancer screening and early diagnosis of the disease.
“It’s hugely positive news that the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) will replace the older test so now people will only need to take a single sample when using the screening kit delivered to their homes making it easier for people to do the test.
“The bowel screening programme is crucial in reducing deaths from bowel cancer, and research shows that this change will make the test even more effective. Bringing in the new test in England will save more lives by detecting the disease early when it is more likely to be treated successfully.
“The need for improvements to the bowel screening programme was set out in the new cancer strategy for England last year so it’s good to see progress being made.”